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Twinning 1st-3rd July       St.Remy du Val

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There was excitement and some apprehension as our group of French visitors arrived early on Saturday 1st July. Anyone in the village was welcome to join in with the activities planned for the weekend. All the help with translating and conversation was very much appreciated. The host families spent as much time as they could with their guests so as to enable them to pack as much into their short stay as possible. It proved to be a very interesting, busy and enjoyable weekend for all.

Our guests were , from left to right in the picture:- Michel Brizard - Deputy Mayor, Lydie - Headmistress, Jean Pierre Charroux - Farmer, Jean Yves Proust - Chef with a small holding, Renee Lamarre - Teacher, Marie Proust - Student, Gilbert Lavaissiere - Mayor .

The day started with a visit to Perry Mill Cider. Then coffee and introductions in the Bell, where everyone was made most welcome. Lunch at the Windwhistle was followed by an excellent game ofPetanque. Then down to Lyme Regis for a sunny few hours. An evening BBQ at the Bell completed the day and enabled villagers and visitors to relax into the spirit of the visit.

On Sunday morning there was a visit to our school, enabling our teachers to meet the group. It is hoped that in the future our pupils may benefit from exchange visits within the twinning arrangement.As the visit coincided with the Church Flower Festival and the open Gardens Day our visitors had plenty to do. They were able to meet more people and to see much more of the village than a visitor is normally able to . It also enabled them to meet the representatives from the Somerset Hospice and the Mayor of Chard, who came to officially declare the gardens open.


Sunday lunch at the Bell was followed by some more local sightseeing. In the evening our French visitors were able to see their team win the European Cup.On Monday morning, people gathered near the memorial to exchange addresses and say their thank-you's and farewells before our visitors departed.

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